“All-American Greenwood: He Came To Play and Play He Did” (1963)

Article from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), School Paper, Denton, Texas, published in 1963.

Transcription of the Article:

All-American Greenwood


Bobby Greenwood came to Denton four years ago from his home in Cookeville, Tenn., “to play on some of those fine North Texas teams.” And play he did — well enough to be selected last week as the Eagles’ third All-American golfer. (In School History)

In spite of having difficulty adjusting his game to the climate and playing conditions of the Southwest, Greenwood made honorable mention All-American in 1961. (Winning the South-West Recreational in Fort Worth).

He was awarded a second-team birth in 1962 and climaxed his college career with a first-team selection this year.

From the beginning North Texas Coach Herb Ferrill labeled Greenwood as “one of the best golfers I’ve ever seen.”

Pressure has little effect on the muscular senior — he seems to thrive on it. While a sophomore at NTSU, Greenwood defeated Jack Nicklaus in a sudden-death playoff in the semifinals of the Colonial National Invitation at Memphis.

Called a “perfectionist” by Coach Ferrill, Greenwood continues to work on the basic fundamentals of his golf game. He credits Hubert Smith, golf pro at the Cookeville Country Club, with helping and encouraging him since his first golf lesson 12 years ago.

This season has seen Greenwood do well in both team and individual competition. The only one of 150 golfers to beat par at the Southern Intercollegiate Tournament in May, Greenwood’s 287 allowed North Texas to take the team title by one stroke over Georgia and Memphis State. Greenwood was the individual medalist at the tourney.

His best score of the season was a six-under-par 64 on the North Texas course against Texas Wesleyan.

The 24-year-old senior’s three-year playing average is 72.6 per round for dual match play. His record in three-years of competition at NTSU is 32 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie.

Is he considering a professional career in golf? Greenwood says he would like to play, but only if he feels he’s good enough to compete with the best. “I want to be in the top 10 or not play at all,” he adds.

***Transcribed by Elma Greenwood, Cookeville, TN, November 8, 2004.

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